Xbox 360 Vs Sony PS3: Hacking Dealt With In Different Ways

There’s no doubt in the popularity of two of the biggest selling games consoles in the world, the Sony PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360 but when it comes to hacking it is frowned upon by some, but should it be?

Both Sony and Microsoft seem to have their own ways of dealing with hacking, look at what is happening with Sony at the moment. They are dragging Geohot through court over the hacking and exploitation he did on his own PS3, I guess that’s one way of dealing with it.

Microsoft has seen its Kinect being hacked too but how have they reacted to it? Microsoft instead of dragging people through court systems have pretty much said, ‘Fair Enough’. Recently we reported that the SDK for the Kinect would be released this spring for Windows as a free download.

Quite a contrast don’t you think? Over at Mashable, their author Jolie O’Dell has written an article where a comparison has been drawn up between the contrasting styles of dealing with hacking. Sony resort to suing, MS say go ahead. Actually they said that it’s a “starter kit for application developers to make it easier for academic research and enthusiast communities to create even richer experiences using Kinect technology.”

What do you make of the different approaches being taken by Sony and Microsoft; it’s unlike Microsoft to actively encourage this sort of thing isn’t it? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

  • Dave

    you're comparing apples (main PS3 console) to oranges (add-on Kinect hardware). I'm sure if someone released a key that made it possible to play pirated software on a 360 that Microsoft would be all over them in a heartbeat.

  • Geoff

    Sorry, but this article is nonsense. There is no comparison over hacking a peripheral which doesn’t in any way cause lost revenue and hacking the console itself which enables piracy and cheating.

    • Tim Ollason

      Hi Geoff, the article wasn't meant to be comparing the way in which Sony and Microsoft handle hacking. In other words, Sony have an aggressive stance towards the console being hacked. Microsoft are acting out of character and are encouraging people to use the Kinect technology for other things than gaming. Apologies if it wasn't quite what you were looking for.

      • Nathaniel

        Tim your comment and the way you wrote the article couldn't be anymore far from opposite. The entire article is comparing the way they handled hacking. a comparison that is completely wrong. You cant compare the integrity of the console with a peripheral. Sony would do the same thing concerning a peripheral, the kinect hack/sdk=more sales=more money. Your first line in your last paragraphs are "Quite a contrast don’t you think?" and "What do you make of the different approaches being taken by Sony and Microsoft"… you sat there and said "Quite a contrast don’t you think? Over at Mashable, their author Jolie O’Dell has written an article where a comparison has been drawn up between the contrasting styles of dealing with hacking. Sony resort to suing, MS say go ahead." how is that not a comparison? THE ENTIRE ARTICLE IS A COMPARISON. nothing is mentioned about Microsoft acting out of character till the second to last line. Anyone would have an agressive stance about the console being hacked… apple did with their IPods…so would Microsoft…

  • ginger

    interesting, but i would seem micro$soft are taking the realistic and fair approach! It is our hard ware and do to it what we will we shall!

    • Tim Ollason

      With you on that ginger, I can't wait to see what sort of things come out of the SDK being released to Windows…. i think it is going to bring out the creativeness of many people…

  • rick

    yeah, way to go cherry-picking your argument. Those two hacks are completely not comparable and i guarantee you the if people where hacking kinect to play FREE games on it they would sue/ban hackers also. oh wait, microsoft DID ban people's xbox's, over 1 million of them.

  • Kevin

    this is………… a bad article. I agree with rick and Nathaniel all the way. You can't compare these two. The biggest reason being SONY LOSE MONEY with the PS3 hack and MS makes more money because other people purchase the add-on for other reasons. All in all its a bad read.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nickelpro Nick Gamberini

    Pretty much what everyone else said, this article is non-sense. If anything, the truth of the matter is MS takes a much stronger stance against hacking than Sony does. Where Sony took only minor to no issue with things like people running Linux distros on their PS3s; MS went out of there way (through the use of IBM E-fuses) to make sure that when hackers managed to break their security and allow for free-booting, they'd have a way to fix the issue and lock those hackers out forever.

    To address this article specifically, it's all a matter of money. GeoHot released Sony's master signing key, so now anyone can write and execute any code they want on the PS3, forever. There is literally nothing Sony can possibly do to stop hordes of pirates overrunning their system now. The kinect is just a peripheral, a random little toy. It's like the difference between letting someone sleep on your couch (the kinect hack), and letting everyone you know stay at a 5-star hotel using the keys you stole (PS3).

  • http://twitter.com/ghosalmartin @ghosalmartin

    yeah erm anyone remember JTAG? Microsoft didn't sue anyone. Even with the DVD firmwares running rampant there not suing C4Eva for creating it.

  • Dave